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Louk, Haim
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Haim Louk, born 1942 in Casablanca, Morocco, is a rabbi and ḥazzan (cantor) who specializes in the Andalusian mode of singing piyyuṭim (liturgical poems). He sang in a children’s choir in his synagogue in Morocco and later studied with the great Moroccan Muslim singer Abdessadek Chkara. Moroccan Jewish music is closely wedded to Andalusian classical music sung in Arabic; many piyyuṭim are adaptations of Andalusian Arabic songs set with Hebrew words. Haim Louk sings both Arabic and Hebrew songs in this style. The tradition is learned orally, and vocal i…

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Mark Kligman, “Louk, Haim”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0014040>
First published online: 2010

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